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GOOSE CREEK, SC (WCSC) – About 75 law enforcement officers from several county and state agencies assisted in a crime-fighting raid in Berkeley County on Friday.

Agencies assisting the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office included the South Carolina Highway Patrol, South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services, Summerville Police Department and Goose Creek Police Department.

Berkeley County Sheriff Duane Lewis says they are focusing on the areas where they have the most problems with drugs, violence and traffic. They plan this by reviewing data from annual reports and citizen complaints.

“We're just trying to let citizens know that we're here, that we're getting these bad people off the streets and doing everything we can to keep them safe,” he says.

Lewis says the ultimate goal of this raid is to make the county safer.

“I hope that by doing this we will reduce crime and get the bad guys off the streets. That's what the citizens pay us to do and as you can see from the number of professionals here tonight, we are committed, we have a plan and we are going after the criminals,” he says.

Sergeant Joe Seegars says they made an arrest related to a motorcycle and drugs. He says there was a motorcycle chase, but they aborted it due to traffic and weather conditions. From there, he saw a motorcycle and driver matching the description. When he contacted the driver, Seegars says he saw a magnetic box in their school bag, which he says is commonly used to hide illegal drugs. He says they then found a firearm. He says the person will most likely be charged with fentanyl trafficking, methamphetamine possession, possession with intent to resell, and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, but they will have to wait until the quantities are tested.

Lewis says he hopes this will help Berkeley County residents sleep better at night.

The Berkeley County Sheriff's Office said the names and charges of those involved in the raid would be released in the next few days.

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